More on the "best views"
After I posted a link to the "The 20 Best Views in the World", reader Pat Sullivan commented that several on the list were not as good as ones he had witnessed. I asked him for details and he kindly e-mailed this information (reprinted with his permission):
Being from the Pacific NW, I've got a lot to choose from. You can drive, in the summer, to the summit of Mt Olympus in the Olympic Mountain range.
The top is about 8,000 feet, and really is an inverted V. Looking south you see all the other peaks, to the west is the Pacific Ocean. To the north, Vancouver Island, west is Puget Sound. All visible to the naked eye.
In addition, watching the sun set behind these mountains from Seattle is pretty spectacular. As is Mt Rainier, to the south of Seattle, on a sunny day.
And we have 'lowlights' too. Lots of great views of the Columbia River, like this one on I-5 between Seattle and Spokane:
Further from home, the train between Zurich and Saltzburg has spectacular sights in the spring/early summer. I've never seen grass as green as in an Alpine meadow.
Montserrat in Spain; which was featured in the movie 'Barcelona', was cool too:
Man made sights, would be the view from balcony of my room at the Parador across the river from the walled city of Toledo: (Especially in the early AM when the rising sun shines on the walls.)
And the view I had of the gardens of the Alhambra, Granada, from the balcony of my room there: